Category: report

After Snowden, what future for American journalism (and Democracy)?

by Lili Ninova

In June 2013, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden disclosed numerous top-secret documents about the massive collection of online data, initiating an international debate about this violation of human rights of millions of citizens, and not just American ones. Mass surveillance is disturbing in terms of freedom, rights and democracy, but online monitoring represents a particular danger to an independent press. After this scandal, many people now wonder about the future of journalism in the US.

The garden company helps to tackle the sanitation crisis

by Michael Chandler

Over 2.5 billion people – roughly 36 per cent of the world’s population – still lack what many of us take for granted: access to adequate sanitation. These people are often deprived of their dignity and privacy whilst being left vulnerable to the spread of disease and contaminated water.

A long and turbulent history

by Thomas Davies

Like economic globalization, transnational civil society is often seen as a recent phenomenon.
From the worldwide protests of the Occupy Movement, to environmental advocacy
campaigns ahead of RIO+20, and multi-faceted development programs implemented on a
global scale, it is tempting to assume we live in an entirely new era of NGO activity. Yet in
contrast to this conventional wisdom, international NGOs have a long and turbulent history,
which has often placed these actors at the center of key transformations shaping
international society over the last two centuries.

July 24, 2014 report

How the world came to save Haiti and left a disaster

by Jonathan M Katz

On 12 January 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti. In a country already struggling with huge developmental challenges, the disaster killed more than 300,000 people and left over one million homeless. Yet, despite an unprecedented outpouring of global generosity, the relief – and later reconstruction – effort has foundered. In this ‘Republic of NGOs,’ good intentions have often gone wrong, and those driven by a humanitarian impulse have inadvertently contributed to an international response that will be remembered most for promises unfulfilled.

July 24, 2014 report